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POLISH LITERATURE AND CULTURE II

CODE 61281
ACADEMIC YEAR 2022/2023
CREDITS
  • 9 cfu during the 2nd year of 8740 LINGUE E CULTURE MODERNE (L-11) - GENOVA
  • 6 cfu during the nd year of 8740 LINGUE E CULTURE MODERNE (L-11) - GENOVA
  • SCIENTIFIC DISCIPLINARY SECTOR L-LIN/21
    LANGUAGE Italian
    TEACHING LOCATION
  • GENOVA
  • SEMESTER Annual
    TEACHING MATERIALS AULAWEB

    OVERVIEW

    Teaching for 6 CFU: 36 hours, first semester
    Teaching for 9 CFU: 54 hours, second semester

    Key words:
    Memory/Oblivion; Destruction/Reconstruction; Resistance; Spiritual Resistance (Civil Resistance); War and Landscape; Violence; Heroism; Homeland. 

     

    The teaching is divided into two parts. The first (6 CFU, 36 h) will focus on the specific theme of literature and war. After a general introduction based on Alberto Casadei's volume La guerra (Laterza, 1999) focusing on the literary representation of war from Homer to the present day, we will examine works by Polish authors who have devoted particular attention to this theme in poetry or prose. 

    The second part of the course (an additional 18 hours, for a total of 9 CFU) will consist of a general overview of the major literary currents and historical-political events from Young Poland to the present day.

     

    AIMS AND CONTENT

    LEARNING OUTCOMES

    At the end of the course, students must be able to orient themselves and understand Polish literature of the twentieth century, in particular as regards the general themes of teaching.

     

    AIMS AND LEARNING OUTCOMES

    At the end of the course, students must be able to orient themselves and understand Polish literature of the twentieth century, in particular as regards the general themes of teaching. They will have to know at least in broad terms the complex geo-political history of Poland of the last century. They will also have acquired a first knowledge of translation techniques from Polish into Italian and will be able, through group work and on-line support, to carry out simple translations from literary texts.

     

    PREREQUISITES

    To have completed one or two year of Polish Literature

    Participation is also allowed for Polish Erasmus students.

    TEACHING METHODS

     

    Reading, explanation and commentary of some of the main texts. At least once during the semester students will be asked to prepare, in small groups of two or three people, a brief comment on one of the topics covered and to present it to the rest of the class

    SYLLABUS/CONTENT

    Teaching for 6 CFU: 36 hours, first semester
    Teaching for 9 CFU: 54 hours, second semester

    Key words:
    Memory/Oblivion; Destruction/Reconstruction; Resistance; Spiritual Resistance (Civil Resistance); War and Landscape; Violence; Heroism; Homeland. 

    The teaching is divided into two parts. The first (6 CFU, 36 h) will focus on the specific theme of literature and war. After a general introduction based on Alberto Casadei's volume La guerra (Laterza, 1999) focusing on the literary representation of war from Homer to the present day, we will examine works by Polish authors who have devoted particular attention to this theme in poetry or prose. It will start with Józef Wittlin, whose novel The Salt of the Earth (1935) is probably the only great Polish literary narrative on the First World War, to arrive at Wisława Szymborska (Nobel Prize for Literature in 1996) who dedicated verse to the Second World War but also to the Vietnam War, the phenomenon of terrorism and the destruction of the Twin Towers in New York on 11 September 2001. The theme will allow us to approach some of the greatest Polish writers of the last century and understand the still unhealed wound caused to Poland by the events of 1939-1945.
    Particular attention will be paid to the fundamental literary text by Miron Białoszewski Memoirs of the Warsaw Uprising (1970), published for the first time in Italian translation by Adelphi in 2021.
    There will also be a viewing with commentary of the Italian version of three films: The Damned of Warsaw by Andrzej Wajda (1957), The Passenger by Andrzej Munk (1963), The Pianist by Roman Polansky (2002).

    The second part of the teaching (a further 18 hours, for a total of 54 h, 9 CFU) will consist of a general summary of the major literary currents and historical-political events, from Young Poland to the present day.

     

    RECOMMENDED READING/BIBLIOGRAPHY

    Bibliography

    COMPULSORY READINGS

    MANUAL:

    History of Polish Literature edited by Luigi Marinelli, Einaudi 2004, from p. 324 to the end.

    CRITICAL TEXTS:

    Alberto Casadei, La guerra, Laterza 1999.

    Luigi Zoja, Paranoia, Bollati Boringhieri 2011 (chapters 7,8, 9).

    Mikołaj Gliński, "Czym jest wojna?" - polska literatura piękna wobec doświadczenia wojennego, https://culture.pl/pl/artykul/czym-jest-wojna-polska-literatura-piekna-….

    SELECTED EXCERPTS FROM SOME OF THE FOLLOWING LITERARY TEXTS (POETRY AND PROSE)

    Józef Wittlin, The Salt of the Earth, Marsilio 2014.

    Miron Białoszewski Memoirs of the Warsaw Uprising, Adelphi, 2021.

    Henryk Grynberg, The Jewish War, E/O 1992.

    Hanna Krall, Arriving Before the Lord God. Conversation with Marek Edelman, Giuntina 2010.

    Tadeusz Borowski, On this side, for the gas, L'Ancora del Mediterraneo 2009.

    Adolf Rudnicki, Chronicles from the Ghetto, Marsilio 1995.

    Jadwiga Maurer, Counterfigures. Tales of the war and post-war period, Giuntina 2011.

    Anna Świrszczyńska, Happy as a Dog's Tail, Parlesia 2019.

    Czesław Miłosz, Works, UTET 1986.

    Wisława Szymborska, The Joy of Writing, Adelphi 2009.

    The critical viewing of the Italian version of three film works is also part of the module: The Damned of Warsaw by Andrzej Wajda (1957), The Passenger by Andrzej Munk (1963), The Pianist by Roman Polansky (2002).

    It is possible that, during the course, short texts will be added to the above-mentioned readings in pdf format.

    NON-ATTENDING STUDENTS

    They will read the entire volume by Luigi Zoja, Paranoia.

     

    Polish students and those who wish may read the literary texts in the original language.

     

    Before accessing the exam, at least a week in advance, all students, whether attending or not, will have to prepare a short paper (one or two pages), on one of the subjects of the course, following the instructions in the file Norme per tesi e tesine available on the Teacher Page

     

    TEACHERS AND EXAM BOARD

    LESSONS

    LESSONS START

    October 12, 2022

    EXAMS

    EXAM DESCRIPTION

     

    The oral exam will allow to evaluate the student's ability to put in relation the various topics discussed during the course. During the exam, which includes open questions and feedbacks on the entire program covered, will be evaluated the quality of the presentation, the correct use of the vocabulary (in particular in relation to the literary movements and the currents of thought studied), the capacity of critical and temporal orientation.

    ASSESSMENT METHODS

    
     

    The student will demonstrate to have assimilated the program, to have acquired the basic knowledge provided during the teaching, to be able to elaborate a short speech both on the subject at will and on those required and to comment on the texts studied during the course semester, placing them in the Polish and European historical and cultural context. Attendance and active participation in the lessons will not only facilitate the exam path but will also be evaluated in the final score.
    The essay submitted before the exam will be discussed and evaluated

     

    
     

    FURTHER INFORMATION

    Polish students may read all the texts in the bibliography in the original language.

    Special facilitations will be provided for Ukrainian students.

    Students with certified DSA, disabilities or other special educational needs are advised to contact the lecturer at the beginning of the course in order to agree on teaching and examination methods that, while respecting the teaching objectives, take into account individual learning methods and provide suitable compensatory tools.